Alila Ventana Big Sur: Excellent availability Feb-May 2023

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It’s no secret that Greg the Frequent Miler is big fan of Alila Ventana Big Sur, he was blown away with his first stay in 2020 (before it was all-inclusive) and rewowed by his second go-round. On a recent podcast, Greg also discussed how difficult it is to find standard room award availability…I’ve heard a rumor that he installed a designated “Ventana” phone-line strictly to be able to keep tabs on up-to-the-minute inventory.

Yesterday, one of the members of Frequent Miler Insiders alerted us to a significant tranche of Ventana availability that has opened for Spring 2023. It starts in February and goes through the end of the calendar In May. Both weekend (Feb/Mar only) and midweek (Feb-May) stays are available. At 40-45,000 points per night, it may not be the hot ticket it was before moving to category 8, but I still imagine this availability won’t last long.

Alila Ventana Big Sur Sunset View

What’s Open

for 40,000 points/night (standard)

  • M-Thurs each week in February (including President’s Day weekend)
  • M-Thurs until March 10th

for 45,000 points/night (peak)

  • Every weekend in February
  • Two weekends in March (3-5, 10-12)
  • M-Thurs, first and third weeks of April
  • M-Thurs, every week in May

Alila Ventana Big Sur Sunset

Quick Thoughts

Ventana availability seems to go in fits and starts, it seems like it gets dropped in chunks with little-to-no rhyme or reason. The fact that both weekends near Valentine’s Day are open, as well as every midweek in May, is pretty amazing given normal availability patterns. This might indicate a slackening of points demand since the standard rate was hiked-up 33%…although with nightly rates that start at around $2000 (all inclusive), it’s still a very high-value redemption.

I’m going there this weekend with my wife and there are some change to the included activities since Greg was last there in February. Falconry and Beekeeping were complimentary then, but are now supplemental…$200pp for Falconry and $90pp to “be put in mortal danger” with bees, as Nick puts it:). I doubt that change will be a deal killer for anyone already interested, but it was disappointing to hear.

Keep in mind that Hyatt Globalists can book a Points Advance Reservation, where you can make a reservation without having enough points in your account.  The reservation is made with no points deduction but then you need have the points in your account by 7 days from arrival or else your reservation gets converted to a paid stay. I often do this intentionally with more expensive stays, even if I have access to enough points to make the reservation, as it keeps those points from getting tied-up for months. The easiest way to make a Points Advance Reservation is to call the Globalist line.

Ventana Big Sur isn’t the screaming deal that it used to be, 90,000 points for a weekend is steep, indeed. That said, if you’ve got the points and you’ve been wanting to try this property out, book sooner than later…especially if you’re looking for a weekend or for a time in May.

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John

Going on a California trip for our 25th anniversary
3 nights in Napa then I had 2 nights at Carmel valley ranch and 2 nights at ritz half moon bay. All on points except Napa trip
On our actual anniversary, there was suite availability at ventana with outdoor shower for a steep 90k points. I ended up grabbing it so now doing 1 night at Carmel valley ranch and one night at ventana. Lots of points for one night but it’s a special occasion. Looking forward to our trip !

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Nick

I’m not finding any availability now in February-March. Already booked up?

sharon

Going there this weekend, I’ll keep an eye out for you. 🙂

Howard

Thanks for the summary. They also have standard rooms at 35k/night. I got an alert on Friday and was lucky to book 1 night on Aug31st for 35K.
Really look forward to it.

LSP

Tim – I hope to see a trip report soon on your upcoming stay! If you can sort out what a “standard room” looks like (I booked a ‘1 King Bed with Fireplace’ prior to deval; room description mentions ‘a private deck with forest or ocean views’). I’m curious what the chances of getting one of those “ocean views” base rooms without status is….

UrbanDwelller

Grabbed 2 nights/3 days in May for a total of 90,000 pts. Thanks for the heads-up, FM! You’re the best.

Kevin W

unfortunately they changed what a premium room is. it was a Vista hot tub suite – no more. in addition to the devaluation of points what sometimes gets missed is a devaluation of the rooms as well.

AndyD

We just booked a weekend in October this morning. Went there last spring – we love this place!

Aloha808

All I see left is 45k (when available).

Mike

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